Phil Smith

E3 2018 – Upping the Antti in Trials Rising

On Monday at Ubisoft’s 2018 E3 conference, Red Lynx’s inimitable Antti Ilvessuo (Trials Creative Director and Prime Minister of Finland) took to the stage of the Orpheum Theatre to announce Trials Rising. Having burst into the theatre through a cloud of smoke astride a dirt bike, Ilvessuo took a destructive tumble through an on-stage lectern … Continued

Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Para Bellum fully revealed

This weekend at the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League finals in Atlantic City, Operation Para Bellum received its full reveal. For a rundown on the new Italian defenders (Alibi and Maestro) and their new gadgets gadgets (holographic decoys and laser-firing cameras!) check out the video below. Want more?  Well here’s an intro to Aria de … Continued

Rainbow Six Siege – free weekend May 14th to 20th!

It’s a bumper weekend for Rainbow Six Siege fans. Not only will the Rainbow Six Siege Pro League finals be taking place over in Atlantic City (don’t forget to tune in on to catch all the action along with the full reveal of Operation Para Bellum) – it’s also a Free Weekend! And as S-Club … Continued

The Crew 2 – hands on impressions

Back when Stephane Beley was a ten-year-old boy, he spent much of his spare time in front of a beige Commodore Amiga playing the likes of Geoff Crammond’s Stunt Car Racer. Back then, he dreamed of making his own racing game – and when he had the chance to pitch The Crew in the late … Continued

Rainbow Six Siege – Operation Para Bellum first details

Ubisoft recently released the first details of Rainbow Six Siege‘s Year 3 Season 2’s Operation Para Bellum. Para Bellum adds two new Italian operators (ciao!) specialised in defence, along with the game’s nineteenth new map. Year 3 Season 2 will also bring a new intel gadget, a buff to the Clubhouse map, a buff to … Continued

Far Cry 5’s folk hymns – ten songs about the end of the world

Back in October, US blog editor Mikel discussed the broad strokes of Far Cry 5‘s music with the game’s audio director Tony Gronick. Now that gamers are hearing Hope County’s soundtrack for themselves, I thought it was time to revisit the subject with award-winning composer Dan Romer. Although known for his work in film (Beast … Continued

Far Cry 5 – PC trailer and features

Far Cry 5 launched yesterday, and we’re back with a nice trailer (below) showing some lovely PC-specific features. This trailer focusses on features developed in partnership with AMD: we’ve got your wide colour gamut covered, your better contrast, your tone mapping, your processing throughput, your faster framerates, your parallel workload, your FreeSync 2, your Rapid … Continued

Far Cry 5 – the reviews are in!

The day has finally come, brothers and sisters: Far Cry 5 now nestles comfortably on store shelves (both high street and “e”) for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The game sees you stranded in Hope County, Montana, an area caught in the vice-like grip of a religious cult named “The Project at Eden’s Gate.”  With all communication … Continued

Far Cry 5 – Danny Wallace investigates: East Grinstead

As you probably know by now, Far Cry 5 (in stores today!) focuses on the activities of a religious group known as The Project at Eden’s Gate, based in Hope County, Montana, US of A. But what if the group’s leader, Father Joseph, had been based in the United Kingdom? Where would he have set … Continued